Whatmore confirmed as Zimbabwe coach


Zimbabwe has confirmed the appointment of Dav Whatmore as head coach of the national side, ahead of the start of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.

The former Australian international takes over from Stephen Mangongo, who was released from his position earlier this month following the side’s disastrous tour of Bangladesh from which they returned winless.

"His initial assignment is to see us through to the World Cup," Wilson Manase, Zimbabwe Cricket chairman said, "and thereafter we shall work out another long term contract."
"He has a wealth of experience at the highest level of coaching."
The 60-year-old Whatmore is a highly regarded coach international level having previously been involved with the nationals sides of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

He will be assisted by Zimbabwe international Douglas Hondo, who will also be the bowling coach

Whatmore admitted that he was ‘very pleased’ with the news and believes Zimbabwe have the capabilities to reach the knock-out stage at the World Cup.

"We are going to be as competitive as possible, our first target is to make that Super 8. We will work really hard to try and achieve that," he said.